Suzuki TU250 - anyone seen/ride one?

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  1. anomad

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    Has anyone seen the new Suzuki TU250? :ear

    A fuel injected 250 is great news to me. I wonder if it has enough power to get out of its own way? Seating position is likely cramped for a 6'2 dude.


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    <table width="500"><tbody><tr><td class="specType" style="">Specs</td></tr> <tr><td class="specType" width="25%">Engine:</td><td class="spec" width="75%">249cc, 4-stroke, single-cylinder, Air-cooled, SOHC</td></tr> <tr><td class="specType">Bore Stroke:</td><td class="spec">72.0mm X 61.2mm</td></tr> <tr><td class="specType">Compression Ratio:</td><td class="spec">9.2:1</td></tr> <tr><td class="specType">Fuel System:</td><td class="spec">Fuel injection</td></tr> <tr><td class="specType">Lubrication:</td><td class="spec">Wet sump</td></tr> <tr><td class="specType">Ignition:</td><td class="spec">Electronic ignition (fully transistorized)</td></tr> <tr><td class="specType">Transmission:</td><td class="spec">5-speed constant mesh</td></tr> <tr><td class="specType">Final Drive:</td><td class="spec">N/A</td></tr> <tr><td class="specType">Overall Length:</td><td class="spec">2070 mm</td></tr> <tr><td class="specType">Overall Width:</td><td class="spec">750 mm</td></tr> <tr><td class="specType">Overall Height:</td><td class="spec">1075 mm</td></tr> <tr><td class="specType">Seat Height:</td><td class="spec">770 mm</td></tr> <tr><td class="specType">Ground Clearance:</td><td class="spec">N/A</td></tr> <tr><td class="specType">Wheelbase:</td><td class="spec">1375 mm</td></tr> <tr><td class="specType">Curb Weight:</td><td class="spec">149 kg</td></tr> <tr><td class="specType">Suspension Front:</td><td class="spec">Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped</td></tr> <tr><td class="specType">Suspension Rear:</td><td class="spec">Swing-arm type, coil spring, oil damped</td></tr> <tr><td class="specType">Brakes Front:</td><td class="spec">Hydraulic disk</td></tr> <tr><td class="specType">Brakes Rear:</td><td class="spec">Leading-trailing</td></tr> <tr><td class="specType">Tires Front:</td><td class="spec">90/90-18M/C 51S</td></tr> <tr><td class="specType">Tires Rear:</td><td class="spec">110/90-18M/C 61S</td></tr> <tr><td class="specType">Fuel Tank Capacity:</td><td class="spec">12L</td></tr> <tr><td class="specType">Color:</td><td class="spec">Red</td></tr></tbody></table>
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  2. Cycletech

    Cycletech Been here awhile

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    Haven't seen one yet, but would like to. I have to buy new training bikes for an MSF program, and fuel injection would be great. One of the dealers I talked to can only get two for the whole of next year.

    Should sell well. Looks a little better than the GZ250 and is light years ahead of the Rebel and the Nighthawk.

    Power Commander and pipe on your 2-fity?:lol3

    We use Chinese 250's at one of our sites now. What a waste of time that was.:eek1
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  3. anomad

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    As ridiculous as that is you know its the first thing people will want.

    Did you know you wanted a sportbike when you got the 250? :D:D
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  4. jmlmjmjm

    jmlmjmjm Been here awhile

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    I saw one at the Motorcycle Show in Phoenix. Nicely finished and looks like fun. I'm 6'2" also and did not think the seating position was bad at all. If I could have lot's of bikes, I would like one of these as well....

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  5. K44rll

    K44rll Been here awhile

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    Tu250 has been around for a while, we had it in the UK around 97-98 and is also known as a Suzuki Volty and also the ST250 E-type in Japan

    http://www1.suzuki.co.jp/motor/st250/index.html

    History..

    http://www.suzukicycles.org/ST-series/ST250.shtml

    A lot of tuning/custom parts are available like this

    Kijima

    http://www.tk-kijima.co.jp/custom_st250.htm

    A Beard Custom

    https://www.mjbike.com/ubike/sch_details_id-563069.html

    WM Cafe Racer parts...

    http://www.wmpdt.co.jp/suzuki/st250.html

    Chic Design...

    http://www.chicdesign.co.jp/products/vol/st250_cl/st250_cl.html

    http://www.chicdesign.co.jp/products/vol/st250_other/st250_other.html

    Kitaco stuff...


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    Also check out this ADV converted Volty....

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=6875112&postcount=9

    Karl
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  6. anomad

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    Translation?

    I guess they have been in the UK for some time?
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  7. XPADREX

    XPADREX Funslinger

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    I'd like some performance reviews. I think this bike is awesome, although I've not seen one in person.
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  8. damasovi

    damasovi Long timer

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    Iguess we went to the same show, but i went to Long Beach and my friend is 6 2" and he said it was good for him, i am 5'7" or so, and really like it, but no demos were allow so I can't tell you about performance, just +1 on the fit and finish everything is nice for the price, and a 250 will let you go around town and a little more, just how tall and heavy are you?

    Damasovi
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  9. Spikehead

    Spikehead Two-Bit Throttle Bum

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    The MN MSF program will be using the YU250 this year.

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  10. anomad

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    Well I haven't seen one yet. My KLX250 gets me around rather well. I think I am just excited that fuel injection is coming to the little bikes. I want my next bike to have FI, and not have a chain.
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  11. dart1202

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    machine type 250cc from suzuki for TU250 equal to ST250 with 1 exhaust pipe, I use GS250 but with exhaust pipe same with gz.
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  12. Bar None

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    No TU250 in Fort Myers,FL. The sales people didn't even know about it.
    I am interested, maybe there will be demo bikes at Daytona.
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  15. rivercreep

    rivercreep Banned

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    Call me spoiled but, I must have Disc brakes! (I hate working on Drum brakes!)
    F.W.I.W. I think if I weren't into Dualsporting and could live with a plain commuter for the street; I'd buy this in a heart beat.
    I can see this TU set up with a windshield and saddle bags and being one heck of a commuter. (and it would sure as fraq beat a scooter!)

    My 08XT250 with it's low gearing can still travel at 75mph and I see no reason why this TU with higher final drive wouldn't be even more competent.
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  16. MillCreek

    MillCreek ADV Risk Manager

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    I will be interested to see a review that shows a top speed. I wonder if you could safely take it on the freeway.
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    K44rll Been here awhile

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  18. anomad

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    • Fuel efficient four-stroke, 249cc single-cylinder, Air-cooled, SOHC engine "produces strong, low-rpm torque perfect for the city rider", according to Suzuki.​
    • Bore Stroke: 72.0mm X 61.2mm​
    • Compression Ratio: 9.2:1​
    With a low compression ratio like that its not going to be a powerhouse by any means. But, I have used a DR200 and KLR250 and KLX250 on the roads with little problem. They do suffer on hills or into strong winds. A few miles on the interstate to get between exits shouldn't be a big deal unless you have to go 65+ to stay alive.

    Street oriented or mild dual sport tires make a huge difference on the little dual sports I've had. Once I put big knobbies on the DR200 it would barely go 60, my KLX250 doesn't like going over 60, but will if you wring it hard enough.

    I hope the fuel injection finds its way into the little dual sports.


    edit:
    The Hong Kong site says it makes 20hp at 7500 rpms and it brags about torque. The DR200's are torquey little bastards, so they may be onto something.
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  19. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    Lots of other motos could be had at $3499 though..
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